I was astonished to learn that the most shocking crime/mystery was not written by AC Doyle but by Agatha Christie. It wasn’t hard-boiled though since the murderer used poison. How was that? The main protagonist was a 12-year-old girl who murdered his mogul grandfather. And another unique thing about the story is that the girl was not the typical abused child who grew up a sociopath. The girl was a pampered brat who lived in luxury. Although born mentally defective, she was brilliant. Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome was probably not popular yet in 1948.
This story in fact proves that the female is the deadlier of the species.
Three Qualities a Great Storyteller Must Have
‘…but it is the enchanter in him that predominates and makes him a major writer.’
‘Charmer’ is the simpler word for ‘enchanter’. Charm is Enchantment or Charisma.
‘What’s especially interesting is that Vladimir Nabokov likens the writer to an inventor, since the trifecta of qualities he goes on to outline as necessary for the great writer — not that different from young Susan Sontag’s list of the four people a great writer must be — are just as necessary for any great entrepreneur:
There are three points of view from which a writer can be considered: he may be considered as a storyteller, as a teacher, and as an enchanter. A major writer combines these three — storyteller, teacher, enchanter — but it is the enchanter in him that predominates and makes him a major writer.
‘Finally, and above all, a great writer is always a great enchanter, and it is here that we come to the really exciting part when we try to grasp the individual magic of his genius and to study the style, the imagery, the pattern of his novels or poems…’
I recently discovered the old word ‘opportunely’. Isn’t it more precise than the words ‘fortunately’ and ‘ serendipitously’?